Michael Talbott

Michael Talbott (born February 2, 1955) is an American actor. He portrayed Detective Stanley Switek in the crime drama television series Miami Vice (1984–1989).

Michael Talbott
Born (1955-02-02) February 2, 1955 (age 67)
OccupationActor, spokesman
Years active1973–2001, 2014

Early lifeEdit

Michael was born on February 2, 1955, in Waverly, Iowa, to parents Kay and John Talbott.[1]


Talbott is best known for his co-starring role as Detective Stanley Switek in the 1980s television series Miami Vice. His other television credits include M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Eight is Enough and other series.[2]

He appeared in a number of films, playing a bully in Carrie, a party-crasher in Big Wednesday, a highway patrolman in Any Which Way You Can, a reckless stunt driver in Used Cars,[3] a real estate agent in Manhunter, and a reluctant deputy in First Blood. Talbott had a small part in National Lampoon's Vacation but his scene was edited out of the final cut, although his character "Cowboy" is shown in a photograph during the end credits, and his name appears in the credits as well.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Talbott is outspoken supporter and member of National Rifle Association.[5][6] He currently lives in his hometown of Waverly, Iowa.[7]

As of 2011 he is also a spokesperson/presenter for Panteao Productions, a production company and distributor of firearms and tactical videos.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Big Bad Mama Sheriff's Son
1976 Carrie Freddy
1977 The Reunion Also director
1978 Big Wednesday Hog
1980 Used Cars Mickey
1980 Foolin' Around Clay
1980 Any Which Way You Can Officer Morgan
1981 Mommie Dearest Driver
1982 First Blood Deputy Balford
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Englishtown Announcer
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Cowboy
1984 Racing with the Moon Bill
1986 Manhunter Geehan
1988 Miles from Home Pickup Owner
1988 Going to the Chapel Marty
1990 Little Vegas Linus
1991 Guilty as Charged Sparrow
1992 Sunset Heat Bartender
1992 Hero State Police Officer
1993 Acting on Impulse Melvin
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Scumbag
2014 Sal and the Goon Isaac Guthry Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Blood Sport Bubba Montgomery Television film
1974 Unwed Father Corey Television film
1974 If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever? Dave McGee Television film
1975 The Streets of San Francisco Charles Reynolds Episode: "Ten Dollar Murder"
1975 Sanford and Son Pete Episode: "The Family Man"
1976 Police Woman Officer #1 Episode: "Trial by Prejudice"
1976 Baa Baa Black Sheep S.P. Episode: "The Cat's Whiskers"
1977 Dead of Night Vinnie McCauley Television film
1977 Kingston: Confidential Billy Coughlin Episode: "The Rage at Hannibal"
1977 M*A*S*H G.I. #2 Episode: "Fallen Idol"
1978 James at 15 Casey Mahoney Episode: "Star-Crossed Lovers"
1978 The Initiation of Sarah Freddie Television film
1978 A Death in Canaan Trooper Miles Television film
1979 Out of the Blue Corman Episode: "The Random Bust"
1980 Amber Waves Tork Torkelson Television film
1980 To Race the Wind Burly Man Television film
1980 Lou Grant Warren Episode: "Harassment"
1981 Eight Is Enough Ozzie Episode: "Father Knows Best?"
1982 This Is Kate Bennett... Gary Harris Television film
1983 Uncommon Valor Fireman Television film
1983 Memorial Day Watney Television film
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Phil Brunsky Episode: "Sudden Death"
1984 The Seduction of Gina Gregg Television film
1984 The Jeffersons Cowboy Episode: "My Guy, George"
1984 Bay City Blues Charlie Episode: "Rocky IV-Eyes"
1984 Used Cars Mickey Television film
1984–1989 Miami Vice Detective Stan Switek 110 episodes
1985 Space Tom Savage Television miniseries
1990 Booker Coach Episode: "Reunion"
1990 Sugar and Spice Joe Episode: "Breaking in Is Hard to Do"
1991 Runaway Father Bill Television film
1993 Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Eddie Dirkson Television film
1994 Jack Reed: A Search for Justice Eddie Dirkson Television film
1995 Out There Haywood Roussell Television film
1995 Jack Reed: One of Our Own Eddie Dirkson Television film
1996 Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance Eddie Dirkson Television film
2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds Callahan 2 episodes
2001 Three Blind Mice Jimmy Farrell Television film

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie Car Jerk


  1. ^ Caulfield, Deborah (1986-06-29). "A Bit of 'Vice' in Iowa". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  2. ^ "Iowans of the Stage and Screen". Times Republican. 2016-02-21. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  3. ^ "Iowans of the Stage and Screen". Times Republican. February 21, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "Michael Talbott Biography (1955-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  5. ^ "NRA News Interview With Actor Michael Talbott". World News Network. December 18, 2010. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  6. ^ Barkley, Meredith (1990-06-13). "POLICE, NRA ADS PROMOTE GUN SAFETY". News & Record. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  7. ^ Buehner, Kristin (2012-11-04). "Greene welcomes 9/11 firefighter, wounded veterans". Globe Gazette. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  8. ^ "Panteao Productions to sponsor Miami Vice themed side match at the Carolina Cup". Tactical Life. May 16, 2011. Retrieved 2016-06-29.

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